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Kiss, Katch, Kick, Kill – What to Do When You Get Stuck

Every novelist has experienced that moment when they hit a roadblock, even when they’ve taken the time to outline their project. It’s impossible to know all the answers from beginning to end, especially when you’re at the beginning of the process of creating your book. (See, It’s Okay to Not Have All the Answers When… Continue reading Kiss, Katch, Kick, Kill – What to Do When You Get Stuck

Why Genre Isn’t a Bad Word

Readers read a book or short story because they’re seeking a particular mood and journey. Genre gets them most of the way there, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Most of our classics were genre fiction in their time, like Poe (horror), Mark Twain (adventure-satire), and even Dickens (paranormal-drama). Any kind of genre writing can… Continue reading Why Genre Isn’t a Bad Word

Why the Status Quo of Society Kills Creativity

Before I get into the weeds of why society’s preferred way of doing things isn’t designed for creatives, let’s start with a story. Imagine a third grade classroom in America. “Timmy, what’s the answer to number four?” the teacher asks from the front of the room. “Eight,” Timmy quietly answers, sensing he now wobbles precariously… Continue reading Why the Status Quo of Society Kills Creativity

Story Arcs

A great question came up from one of our group members and I thought the answer might be of use to other writers. What if you have short stories that you want to structure into a novel? How might you do that? Get a stack of index cards. Create an index card for each short… Continue reading Story Arcs

Finishing Your Starter Draft is Crucial to Success

“What? You mean the whole book, don’t you. Are you nuts? Shouldn’t I make the first three chapters perfect so I have something solid to work from?” Nope. Because perfect has no place when you’re creating. When your book isn’t even finished, yet, slaving over having perfect dialogue, description, grammar, or just the right word,… Continue reading Finishing Your Starter Draft is Crucial to Success

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